BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours amber-gold-brass with a medium frothy white head and great lined patchy lacing. Pine and citrus fragrant grapefruit hop, excellent aromatic bouquet, with background malt. Malty hop grapefruit citrus rind warming fruit flavor with an acidic yet smooth finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied and fizzy palate.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled thanks to Crosling- Pours a golden color, white head, nice lacing. Aroma is full of hops, grapefruit and citrus notes adorn the nose. Flavor is more hops, perfect balance, so flavorful and juicy. Awesome stuff!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lasting, sticky lacing. Creamy butterscotch and pineapple aroma. Subtle hops and solid malt blend together with a hint of hazelnut. Like a dessert you got just because everyone else did and then you want more, MORE but don’t want to look like a pig.
Would be the perfect accompaniment to a caramel-nut torte. The hops balance the sweetness and would set both flavors off beautifully.
Juicy and saliva-inducing with a slightly dry finish.
This beer strikes me as sexy, like it was made to give champagne a run for its money as the traditional aphrodisiac beverage. Thanks Vinnie!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at RFD in Wsahington D.C. Lots of hops,in fact nothing but a nose full of hops.A fine thing.Taste isn’t bad but too bad this was a little flatbut the hops still kicked ass.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly diminishing, but initially generous white head takes position above a straight golden body. Extremely complex hops nose hints at most nuances you can think of, all ahead prefumey and piney, but underneath hinting at a broad range of citrus fruits, leafy and minty in nature. Might gain a bit from being less liquorous, but this nose is truly fantastic, magical hoppiness I’d dare say, with maltiness being certainly felt if not exactly managing to show any flavours all the way through the hops. Palate is oily, full, slick, tannic and liquorous, hence surprisingly sweet, but it works thanks to a controlled level of citric acidity.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur ambrée aux reflets tirant vers l’orangé. Superbes arômes de houblons verts, de résine de conifères, de pins et de persil sous une agréable présence de malt biscuité et de miel. Intenses flaveurs sont telles que promises par les arômes, pleinement houblonnées, résineuses et tanniques puis toujours soutenu par une honnête quantité de malt. Un gros mordant d’alcool arrive à la fin et nous réchauffe sur son passage. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, texture tannique et résineuse, carbonatation très active dotée de fines bulles piquantes.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler (thx goldtwins). Orangy amber pour. Huige grapefruit-rindy hop aroma with a good balanced sweet malt backing. More of the same flavorwise - well balanced, tho maybe a touch more malt would be nice. Nice sticky mouhtfeel, and a good appropriate bitter bite.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straight up sweet hoppy nose. Strong yellow body with a thin foamy head. Taste-not as hoppy as I was expecting. Basically a graoefruit/grass hop tea.
3fourths (8023) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 This is a beer for the easily-impressed.
First rating, 2005: Very rich and robust musty and leafy hop nose... spectacular aroma full of sweet oranges and spices, wafting back into a musty, earthy hop cone scent. I could swim in this aroma. Starchy and dry palate presents orange and pineapples, mildly sour - intensely dry but remaining smooth. Incredible.
Rerate 2009: Super rich and fruity sweet hop oil nose. Sugared, crystalline. Hugely thick, syrupy and sugary, decent attempt at balance with a some striking bitter hops, but the finish
is ridiculously and terribly oversweet.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is light golden yellow, slightly hazed, dense off white head...smell is very piney...little better balanced with some sweetness which seems to be more easily attributed to the alcohol, not malt...bitter...bitter...